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3rd February 2017, Port Talbot

R-TECH Materials to showcase its capabilities at JEC World

Tensile testing of carbon fibre Panel side peeling: Digital microscope image of aircraft interior panel. © R-TECH MaterialsR-TECH Materials, a rapidly growing UK testing business, is showcasing its capabilities for composites at this year’s JEC World in Paris, which will take place from14-16 March 2017.

 “R-TECH is delighted to be exhibiting for the second year in a row at JEC.  For a testing and analysis laboratory, composites is such an exciting industry as new materials and applications are being developed almost every day, so never has testing and analysis been more important,” commented Dr Geraint Havard, R-TECH Materials Composites Manager.

“We're recognised around the world for our fast and reliable independent testing and can handle any job, from a simple one-off set of tests to larger scale research and development projects. Thanks to our in-house workshop facilities, we are able to design and manufacture rigs to adapt our test equipment for bespoke testing of both polymer and composite samples along with components and products.”

Based in South Wales, R-TECH’s polymer and composites laboratories test the mechanical, thermal and chemical properties of non-metallic materials, components and products for manufacturers and end users. These include plastics and fibre reinforced composites for material approval and characterisation, to help identify quality issues, solve processing problems or identify why a product has failed.

Expansion

R-TECH has recently invested heavily to expand its composites testing labs, which includes the first Zwick universal testing machine running on TestXpert III software in the UK. This investment has opened up the capability of testing materials at loads from 1N to 250kN in the temperature range of -70°C to 250°C, with thermal chambers provided by Severn Thermal Solutions, the company reports.

Close up taken with R-Tech’s SEM Microscope. © R-TECH Materials

In addition, R-TECH’s high-tech laboratories boast a state-of-the-art Hirox digital microscope and Zeiss Scanning Electron Microscope with EDX micro-analysis for delivering failure investigation and characterisation solutions.

Capabilities

Operating across a wide range of materials and industries, including aerospace, marine and automotive, R-TECH is accredited to perform testing in tension, compression, flexure, shear and hardness to ISO and ASTM standards under controlled temperature and humidity conditions. Laminates can be prepared and samples machined in-house to customer requirements by skilled technician staff. The laboratories provide humidity, temperature and liquid chambers for sample conditioning.

Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT) Test Image 35-5: SEM image of failed carbon fibre composite. © R-TECH Materials

The testing laboratories have the capability to test complex orientations to loads up to 1500kN. Standard tests include lap shear, in-plane shear, climbing drum peel, shore hardness, compression of core materials and shear properties of sandwich panels, not to mention fatigue testing (in tension or in bending) at loads of up to 100kN.

R-TECH’s reputation for the accuracy and quality of its testing has been recognised by UKAS, which recently awarded R-TECH accreditation for 13 new test standards. The company is also adding further testing standards in 2017, as well as securing approval from the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap).

www.rtech-materials.co.uk

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